10 man Brisbane earn a point in the West

Perth Glory (0)
Brisbane Roar (0)
At Perth Oval, Perth

He is mental, and he is mad.... (Paul Kane / Getty Images)

He is mental, and he is mad…. (Paul Kane / Getty Images)

Brisbane: Theo, Hingert, North, Smith, Stefanutto, Miller, Brattan, McKay, Henrique, Broich, Berisha.
Substitutions: Petratos for Miller (80’), Borrello for Henrique (83’).
Unused Substitutes: Acton, Ingham, Clut.
Yellow Cards: Berisha, Miller, North, Hingert.
Red Cards: Berisha.

Perth: Vukovic, Davies, Thwaite, Gallas, Woodcock, Zahra, Burns, Cernak, McGarry, Sciola, Harold.
Substitutions: Clisby for Gallas (46’), Smeltz for Cernak (56’), Risdon for Davies (66’).
Unused Substitutes: Radonich, Edwards.
Yellow Cards: Burns, Vukovic, Zahra.
Red Cards: Nil.

The game’s major talking point was the sending off of Besart Berisha, who it seems, cannot keep himself out of the headlines this week and in this fixture in particular. More on the weeks news surrounding his contractual situation in the coming days –probably Monday- but there’s no doubt he deserved his red card last night. Im starting to wonder if the free agency situation is beginning to take its toll on Berisha. The only question is did Vukovic deserve to go for his actions- id argue he should have.

The game itself was a fairly drab affair with precious few chances for either side- however that was clearly apart of the game plan after Berisha was sent so early. Berisha did however have a good chance to open the scoring before he saw red, however the onrushing Vukovic snuffed the chance out and ultimately Broich blazed wide. The best chance of the entire game fell to Henrique who blazed over just seconds into the second half. Those chances aside, both sides were limited really to half chances. Before the sending off Perth were in the ascendency to so degree with their aggressive style making it difficult to play. From Perth’s point of view, I thought they were a tad conservative following the red card, however given the options on the bench Lowe didn’t have a great deal to work with. After the sending off, and in the second half Brisbane controlled the game in almost the perfect way- controlling the ball and the possession despite a man less in what was a performance approaching the equal of the Victory game given the circumstances. Broich in particular was outstanding playing in a central role, holding the ball up, beating a man and creating opportunities, it was brilliant to watch him last night.

Outside of the Berisha send off however, there isn’t a great deal to talk about. It’s a good point on the road given the situation, however Brisbane did have the better of the game and really could have come away with the full three points from the game.

Stats:
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Up next:
Brisbane have back to back home games for the first time since late November as they prepare to welcome Wellington and Central Coast to Brisbane. The first of those home games doubles as a double header with the W-League side taking on Western Sydney, and is the first of 8 home games in the last 12 matches. Infact three of their four remaining road trips are to Sydney, so travelling shouldn’t be an issue in the title run in.

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